Esks welcome back Wojt

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:00 AM ET

EDMONTON - The Edmonton Eskimos are hoping history doesn’t repeat itself.

Looking to extend their current winning streak to four games against the B.C. Lions on Saturday, the Eskimos will welcome back starting right guard Greg Wojt from an ankle injury.

“We expect Greg to be back,” said head coach Kavis Reed. “Last week, we could have flipped a coin to say he could go or whatever, but ... we didn’t want to have a situation where he reaggravated it.”

That’s good news, for an Eskimos team heading to Vancouver where they will put first place on the line.

The thing is, the situation is eerily similar to the only other winning streak the Eskimos put together when they went 5-0 to start the season.

Injuries during training camp meant the offensive line had to be patched together with players who weren’t intended as starters.

And as soon as the primary personnel were healthy enough, changes were made to the foundation of the offence despite the success the team was having.

But Reed said there was no hesitation in bringing Wojt back into the fold.

“A starter never loses his job because of an injury,” he said. “Unless someone is absolutely Superman: see Tom Brady and whatever his name is.”

Er, Drew Bledsoe?

“See? That’s the point,” Reed said, smiling. “Before the injury, Greg was arguably our best O-lineman. I think it would be foolish of us not to put the guy that was our best O-lineman — as we saw it — back in the lineup.

“So we expect that if he’s fully ready to go, he will be back in the lineup.”

During the 5-0 run, Wojt was playing right tackle, until Brian Ramsay came back from a knee injury, moving Wojt to guard.

Ramsay has since moved to left guard after veteran Patrick Kabongo lost his starting role, that is, until covering for Wojt the past three games.

“This may sound like quite an irony, but I would have to say since Pat was reinserted, he was arguably our best O-lineman,” Reed said. “I think he approached not being a starter the smart way, in a professional way. He worked on his craft, he looked at the things that we were critiquing about him and he really worked on them.

“Honestly, I haven’t seen Pat Kabongo play this well in about five years and I am pleased that the young man has taken it that far. Pat should be pleased with the fact that he took the challenge and he was prepared when his opportunity came again.”

IN AND OUT: LB J.C. Sherritt (ankle) is questionable for this week’s game. The Eskimos top tackler had a stellar season interrupted for the first time after leaving last Friday’s game in the second quarter.

“It looks like a very serious ankle injury,” Reed said. “We’re hoping that we can possibly have him this week, but once we get the results, we’ll see.

“It was pretty tender for him when we got back on Saturday, but hopefully we get some better news (Tuesday).”

Sherritt flew back from Toronto wearing an air cast and was not present at the team’s media availability Monday.

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